>> because people could easily understand 8.1%, 7.8%, right track, wrong track. that looks like the right track. >> a little bit of psychological milestone that it's back to the level it was when he took office. after that decline. but overall i would say these numbers are kind of, you know, warm water, not a big boost. in a sense that earlier this year when the economy was growing, producing 200,000 jobs a year, it looked like the economy might be enough to lift obama to a safe level, then the big spring slow down, and now i think we're getting numbs, whether it's growth or jobs that are really neither, that point you again to a close race. it's been a modest up tick in economic optimism. but i think these kind of numbers reinforce the sense we have in the race itself that you don't have a decisive wind blowing in either direction at this point. >> voters are already beginning to feel a little more optimistic. we see that in the polls.